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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greetings Ladies and Brethren,
I would like to start off by wishing everyone Happy Holidays and also want to thank the brethren for allowing me to sit as Master of the Lodge this past year.
I again would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the Sideliners Degree last month. If you were not there, you missed an excellent degree.
I am looking forward to the upcoming installation in January. Artin and his brother Andre have many events scheduled for their years as Master.
Speaking of Andre, when you see him at the Stated Meeting, be sure to congratulate him on his passing the bar.
As most of you know, Lowe’s decided to cease operation if OSH. I am in the process of deciding whether to stay in retail or go back to school and persue another line of work.
Once again Happy Holidays and have a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Fraternally from the East
Worshipful Master Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
Ladies and Brethren, the year’s end is finally upon us. First and foremost I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season, whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, or anything else, this is the time of year to be with those most important to us.
Speaking of those important to us, I want to congratulate my older brother, the incoming Senior Warden, Bro. Andre Aladadyan on passing the California Bar Examination and becoming an Attorney. He’s worked so hard for so many years to reach this goal. He’s put in countless hours juggling his duties at Home Lodge, work and school, and words can never describe how proud of him I am. In addition to my brother, my girlfriend also passed the California Bar Examination, alongside by brother. She is one of the most determined and driven people I know, and I’m so proud that she’s accomplished her biggest goal. She’s wanted to be an attorney for all her life & words will never explain how happy I am to have been apart of these two amazing journeys.
Speaking of journeys that words cannot explain, I must thank my Home Lodge Brethren for electing me as Master for the ensuing Masonic year. I am beyond grateful to you all for the years of support. You’ve all given me such confidence and determination to keep our great Lodge moving forward towards success. Our Officers have worked so hard to get here and I’ve asked so much of these dedicated young men; much more than is reasonable. They’ve not only answered but have gone above and beyond in their service and brotherhood.
I must draw special attention to two of my Officers however. First to Junior Warden Elect, Brother Peter Vogelsang, who has had the busiest year of all of us. For those that are unaware, Brother Vogelsang has had to learn 3 separate positions this year, including two lectures. He has qualified in the Middle Chamber lecture, as Master in the 1st degree including the lecture, and lastly as Master in our Sideliner’s 2nd degree. I couldn’t be prouder to have a young man with this much dedication to the craft as a member of our lodge. Secondly, to Brother Michael Egbert, who is the head of our Social Committee for the next year and who regularly goes above and beyond to engage his brothers in social activities and build the camaraderie that Masonry so highly regards.
I could go on for many more paragraphs, thanking everyone and declaring my gratitude, but I’ll save that for my speech at the Installation of Officers, which is on January the 14th, 2018. I’m beyond honored to announce to you all that the Installing team will consist of Grand Master, Most Worshipful Stuart A. Wright as Installing Officer, Grand Marshall, Worshipful Kenneth G. Judd as Master of Ceremonies, and Worshipful Steve L. Eberhardt as Installing Chaplin.
As always I want to thank all the Brothers that join us every week for degree nights. By being here with us, you forever become part of our candidate’s memories. These are some of the most important nights for these men, and it means the world to have people there. If you haven’t been Home in a while, I want you to know that we’re always here.
Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday night than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
Artin Aladadyan, Senior Warden
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. I know I have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. For starters, this is the first holiday season I never had to worry about, study for, or prepare for any sort of examination. This is the first holiday season all I get to do is spend with my family and enjoy myself. On November 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., I learned I had passed the California Bar Examination and, on November 20, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. I was sworn into the Bar.
I have so many people to be thankful for who has helped me along the way. My parents for always pushing me and giving me every opportunity to succeed. I am truly blessed to have parents like them. My brother Artin for always being there for me, giving me support, fortifying my confidence, and believing in me. My girlfriend Nareh who has been an unwavering rock in the ocean of stress, complaints, and so much more, with whom I would not have gotten this far.
But a special thanks goes to Home Lodge; all of Home Lodge. To all my brothers who supported me by stepping in when I had class, finals and, Bar prep. Filling in so I could study and succeed. For every brother who picked up my Jewel and Apron when I couldn’t, thank you. The support of my brothers has been a vital part of my success.
Home has been there for me when I was applying to law school, navigating my way through it, and studying for the Bar. I love you all, and I’m thankful for everything. I hope I’ve been worthy of it and, I hope I can show you I deserve it.
I remember the day before Bar results; having a moment of calm. In that calm, I looked out of my office window on the 42nd floor of the U.S. Bank Tower and thanked God for blessing me with the people I have in my life. In that moment, regardless out of the outcome of results, I felt like I had already been given everything I needed. In that moment I felt wealthy because I had what most people do not: a vast support system of men and women, family and friends, young and young at heart, who genuinely care for me and love me. In that moment I felt it would not be “IF” I would pass the Bar, but simply a question of “WHEN.”
So, thank you to my Home Lodge family, my Masonic family, who has always been a constant support in my life for the last 7 years.
I would also like to congratulate all our officers for now being FULLY qualified in all our respective stations and positions. It has not been easy. The journey to this point has not been without its difficulties, struggles and, challenges. I thank everyone that helped this group of men push through and get to this point. I’m so proud of the hard work everyone has put in. Some of us had to qualify in multiple positions and, some of us were brand new to Ritual and had to learn EVERYTHING in a short amount of time; but we all banded together with the support of our lodge and Past Masters and succeeded. I love you all, thank you!
I am thankful for, and would like to thank our First Responders and families for their service, courage, and strength during these devastating times. So many people have been adversely affected and suffered devastations beyond repair, but our First Responders, Fire Fighters and Police Officers have fought tirelessly to provide support and aide. God Bless you all.
No monthly message would be complete without asking everyone to attend Lodge and the December Stated Meeting. Home is always home. No matter the night (stated meeting, degree, or practice) you are welcome. Unless it’s a holiday and we are Dark, something is going on Wednesday nights. Even if it’s a practice night, come join the Officers and learn, see what we do, and get the next layer of Masonic education through learning Ritual.
Fraternally from the South,
Andre Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
Home Lodge No. 721
Free and Accepted Masons
of the State of California
Cordially invites you to attend the
2019 Installation of Officers
Installing Officer will be
MW Stuart A. Wright,
Dinner to follow
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Van Nuys Masonic Center
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, Ca 91405
Tuxedo for Officers
Others Business Attire
Ladies Dress or Pants Suit
Dinner $15.00 per person
Steak or Salmon
Contact Gerard Deprest
818-980-8370 Leave Name,
Number of guests and
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2018) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2019. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or email@example.com.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BE RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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